Johnny DeFlaminis

Christmas break assignments in writing

Dear parents and students,

Christmas break and the holiday season is arriving quickly and represents a wonderful time for my students to show off what they’ve learned over the course of the first three months on school in the classroom. I would like your child (or my student) to write two different papers over the break.  The first paper will be a “narrative essay” about your Christmas with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Within this paper, I would like to see detail and description , similes, metaphors, personification, action transitions, hooking the reader, and telling the story step by step. This may seem  like a ton of info to soak in, but not for the whiz kids in room 6.  They’re awesome and very capable!

 The second paper will be an “expository essay” about why Christmas is important to them. There needs to be a clear introduction, three supporting paragraghs, one seperate paragragh using elaboration to support as paragraph, and a clear conclusion. FYI to my students, remember that when using your supporting paragraphs it goes from transition to detail to explaining the detail.

Also, remember that when you’re using heightened elaboration, it represents a seperate narrative paragraph that supports one of your supporting paragraphs.

Many of my students are writing at a higher level, and you would be amazed to find out just what they’re capable of since the beginning of the year began.  Overall, I’m very proud of my students at all levels because of your hard work, determination, focus, and willingness to go the extra mile.  Classroom six rocks!

Homework and classwork: The distinction

Hey parents and students, 

It’s very important to get all work done in my classroom. In my classroom, I set the expectations very high in room 6, so it’s imperative that your child finish all work given within his or her best abilities and in a timely manner. 

If your child is in need of extra assistance, I’m always available after school and before school. I keep a open door policy in the morning, so my kid start coming in at 7:30 when the bell rings to begin thier school work and of course hang our and enjoy each other’s company. Come on by…. i’m lookin’ forward to seeing you!

Week 3 in Mr. D’s class

     Welcome back to my class students and parents. I hope the Summer has treated you well and that you’ve had some much needed rest and relaxation. 

     In preperation for this school year, I recommend that you child gets plenty of sleep, keep up with thier school work, and of course TRY YOUR BEST.  Please feel free to contact me at Malabon anytime and contact me if you have any comments or concerns.

Fourth Grade Animal Reports

Fourth grade animal report….

Every year, each student in my class does an animal report on an animal that is native to Oregon. Students will be given a packet containing the information that they will need to be able to find on the animal of their choice. For example, students will need to look up info on their animals description, habitat, eating habits, young, and other interesting facts.

Students will be able to use any resource for information on thier animal including encyclepedias, wikepedia-internet, books, magazines, etc. The students will also participate in an oral presentation on their animal to the class as part of the state benchmark in speaking.

I encourage you to assist your child outside of the classroom with this process and ask your child questions about what they’ve learned about their animal. Most of all, I want you to have fun with your child while learning!!!

Info for Spring!!!

Hello all,

Welcome to Spring! I wanted to let you know that in the Spring the Malabon track team gets ramped up and started and I encourage you speak with your child about running with the Malabon team. Mrs. Kampfer and I have been the Malabon track coach for the last five years and we love what we do. The team consists of both fourth and fifth grade students, and it’s a wonderful oppertunity for your child to have some fun, socialize, and exercise too! Come check it out!

This is just a little tid bit about the state OAKS math and reading assessment coming up soon for students in my class in the next couple weeks. I wanted to make sure to let you know that its very important that your child completes their assignments and that they receive plenty of sleep and excercise as Spring arrives.

Furthermore, the class and I are beginning to study and learn about the planets for the next couple weeks. Each student will be placed in a group and they will be responsible for researching their planet, doing a class presentation about their planet, making their planet out of a ballon, water, paper, flour, and finally painting their planet.

I hope that you encourage your child to teach you about what they’ve learned, and to share any information you may have about the planets with your child. The Spring is a fun and exciting time of year for students and I’m very excited about more activities to come!!!

Kindly, Johnny